NewEnergyNews: BRITS PREFER LIVING WITH WIND TO GAS

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    Friday, September 04, 2015

    BRITS PREFER LIVING WITH WIND TO GAS

    People prefer living near wind turbines to fracking wells – survey; Tory supporters more in favour of wind than shale, despite Conservatives moving to curb onshore windfarms and encourage fracking for shale gas

    4 September 2015 (UK Guardian)

    “…Asked if they would prefer a wind turbine erected or a shale gas well drilled near their home, 65% of more than 2,000 people polled favoured the turbine, with just 14% backing the shale gas operation…Despite recent moves by the Conservatives to curb onshore wind and other renewables while going ‘all out for shale’, Tory supporters were also more in favour of wind than shale, with 58% opting for a turbine and 23% for a well…[The polling] found solar was the most popular choice for electricity generation, with 30% saying it was their most preferred source, while just 2% most wanted to get their power from shale or fracked gas…More than half (53%) of those quizzed were likely to support a wind turbine within two miles of their home, with just 19% likely to oppose such a development, while the backing for locally-sited solar farms was even higher…[A]lmost four fifths (78%) wanted the government to do more to help communities generate their own power and keep the profits…” click here for more

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